"The arrest, detention and deportation of illegal immigrants is higher
than at any time in U.S. history with more than 2.3 million individuals
deported in the last five years. The government's immigration enforcement efforts -- detention -- is now the fastest growing incarceration system...
FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Workshop investigate the
Obama administration’s controversial get-tough immigration policy; featuring Maria Hinojosa.
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issued today by Human Rights First reveals that despite a 2009
commitment made two years ago today to overhaul the immigration
detention system, the United States continues to hold the overwhelming
majority of its nearly 400,000 detained asylum seekers and other civil
"Our restrictive immigration laws are bad enough — separating families,
sending refugees like Haitians back to devastated countries, denying
jobs to foreign students — but how they are administered is even worse.
Some immigrants languish in privately operated detention facilities...
"A Seattle-area man detained by immigration authorities for nearly
seven months now claims he was wrongly arrested at Sea-Tac Airport while
attempting to fly to Alaska. Describing his arrest as “an arbitrary and indefensible loss of
liberty,” attorneys for Haji Dukureh claims he...
"The federal government needs to make good on its promises to reform its
detention centers and to make far greater use of alternatives for people
who pose no danger. Detainees should have more access to the courts to
challenge their detention, and rigid laws that demand automatic or
"A small south suburb has quietly
been working with federal officials on a plan to build an immigration
lockup of up to 700 beds, placing the semirural town in the middle of a
national debate. Some Crete residents, angered by what they call a lack of transparency,
have been organizing since...
"Like thousands of other people in 2006, Jose Franco was detained by
immigration authorities. Most detainees are either deported to their
country of origin or released after winning their right to remain in the
United States. But this case took a different route .
Mr. Franco has a mental...
"Schizophrenic man's case shows how, activists say, such defendants
are left to fend for themselves. He couldn't afford a lawyer and
authorities wouldn't provide one free, so his mother was his advocate." - Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 7, 2012 .
"The immigrants being held in Essex County and facing deportation tell
of being locked down in rooms while being denied medical help, of not
getting "a mere" 1,000 to 1,500 calories a day in nutrition, of trying
to sleep fully clothed in freezing spaces, of fellow detainees "who...
"The detention and deportation of immigrants has reached an all-time high
under the Obama administration. Fault Lines investigates the business
of immigrant detention and finds out how a few companies are shaping US
immigration laws." - Fault Lines, AlJazeeraEnglish, Apr. 10, 2012 .
"ICE’s reliance on facilities like the Irwin County Detention Center
has put small rural towns at the center of one of today’s most
contentious policy arguments—how to enforce immigration law. A yearlong
investigation by The Nation shows how much politics has come to
"Do you know who I would not want to be? A transgendered person in a
federal detention facility awaiting an immigration court hearing or a
decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals. Such persons may be held
in "administrative segregation" for no other reason
than their transgendered...
"After a clash involving national immigration issues jolted the
normally sleepy politics of south suburban Crete, village leaders this
week unanimously rejected plans for a proposed detention center there. Their vote Monday night, which was met by applause from local activists, spells the end...
"Immigrants in detention facilities around the United States are often subjected to punitive and long-term solitary confinement and denied meaningful avenues of appeal, according to an investigation by PHR and Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) . Investigators with...
"The United States immigration detention regime that was reborn in the 1980s is not only unprecedented in scale, but also in rationale. Whereas immigration detention had historically been justified primarily as a means of ensuring immigration compliance, with a secondary purpose of protecting national...
"Imagine if Congress mandated that an arbitrary number of jail cells be filled with prisoners -- regardless of the crime rate. Authorities would be required to incarcerate people, no matter the circumstances or the affront to human rights. That’s basically the state of immigration detention...
"After years in North Texas, Marco Pacheco left Mansfield 17 months ago for Mexico, determined to “get right by the law.” His parents had brought him to Texas unlawfully when he was 12. He graduated from Mansfield schools and a Fort Worth community college. But without legal status,...
"On Thursday afternoon, the Karnes County Commissioners Court, which normally meets before a handful of citizens, moved its meeting to an overflow room. The meeting was unusually well-attended because the county’s residents need to decide — and decide fast — whether their county...